Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The hopeful birth...........................

 -----------------of a sub-division:  Episode 14

Underdrains.

Included among the many things we never think about are underdrains.  As cities become more sophisticated, so do their regulations on development.  I suspect that some cities experienced troubles with the concrete curbs and gutters along their roadways — trouble likely caused by the effect of water moving, freezing and thawing, under the curbs.  The engineering solution to this is to install tile — underdrains — under the curb.  The tile, connected to the storm water inlets, wicks the water away, thereby minimizing future prospects for damage.  Bet you never gave them a minute of thought before.

Trenching for the underdrain tile



Underdrain installed.  Awaiting curb and gutter



A dirty little secret......................................

     "I try to learn from the past without being inspired by it.  My big question is always, 'What did they try, and why did it work?'  When I hear stories of success and failure, I look for the little things that made a big difference.  What conventional wisdom was shunned? . . . I avoid using a past success as a proxy for the future.  After all, the dirty little secret is that every success was almost a failure.  Timing and uncontrollable circumstances play more of a role than any of us care to admit.

-Scott Belsky, as culled from here

One day soon............................

 When I moved from one house to another

there were many things I had no room 

for.  What does one do?  I rented a storage

space.  And filled it.  Years passed.

Occasionally I went there and looked in,

but nothing happened, not a single

twinge of the heart.

As I grew older the things I cared 

about grew fewer, but were more 

important.  So one day I undid the lock

and called the trash man.  He took

everything.

I felt like a little donkey when

his burden is finally lifted.  Things!

Burn them, burn them! Make a beautiful

fire!  More room in your heart for love,

for trees!  For the birds who own

nothing—the reason they can fly.

Mary Oliver,  Storage

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Fifty years ago..................................

Sly and the Family Stone........................Family Affair

 

The hopeful birth.........................

 ..........................of a sub-division:  Episode 13

Tapping the water main:

To develop 41 acres into 113 residential building lots, access to municipal water is a necessity. In our case, the nearest city water main lays on the opposite side of the Horns Hill Road from our sub-division.   Needing to maintain traffic on a fairly busy road, having an "open cut" was just not possible.  The solution was to bore underneath the road to access the 16" water main.  A 16" water line is fairly sizable with significant water pressure.  One wants to be careful.  The main line is located  just a foot or two outside of the limits of the Horns Hill pavement, so we had no choice but to excavate one lane of pavement.  Took most of a day, but mission accomplished.

Road cut, water main exposed

A fairly skilled hoe operator 



Maintaining Horns Hill traffic


Cleaning the water main

Beginning the bore.  The black pipe behind the machine
is the water line that will go under Horns Hill Road

Advancing the bore confidently 

A boring machine


top half of the tapping sleeve

























The bore goes underneath Horns Hill Road



Installing the tapping sleeve


The bore breaks through, right on target

Preparing to tap the main

















Friday, October 15, 2021

A walk in the park.................................

 My Sweetie and I took a few days off to amble around in the Hocking Hills.  If we were geologists we could explain more about the sandstone formations.  As it is, we believe one can enjoy nature without fully understanding it.  For those interested in taking a deeper dive, visit here or here for starters.






Old Man's Cave



Rose Lake    man-made with no vehicular access
















After a long day of communing with nature, the only logical thing to do was retire to the Hungry Buffalo to drink a beer and throw axes.  As the sign says, "What could possibly go wrong?"




The hopeful birth................................

 .....................of a sub-division:  Episode 12

Installing water lines.

For this phase of the sub-division, the requirements for water service include about 2,000 lineal feet of 8" ductile iron pipe for the mains, an equivalent amount of 3/4" copper for individual lot service lines, as well as six fire hydrants.   Water lines go in last.  They are generally shallower than sanitary sewer and storm water lines.  Since the water is under pressure, gravity is not required to make it work.

Laying out the pipe

Your basic fire hydrant installation

Laying the water mains


Bedding the mains

Preparing to add the tap for an individual lot service line

More of same

The completed tap for the 3/4" copper service line

Trenching for the main

Water lines go in last, as their elevation is more flexible

This main runs below a sanitary sewer lateral




Connecting two water mains

Installing the 3/4" copper service lines

Connection of a service line to the water main

Preparing the shut off valve for the service line

Setting the shut off valve

Bedding the shut off valve